We all know that Mental Health is a crucial part of our life, yet we don't always take the time to reflect and work on our state of mind. This ultimately leads us to a place of overwhelming thoughts and cluttered lives. We struggle with daily tasks, life starts to feel like it is slowly slipping out of our control and we become consumed with the need to overthink and overcomplicate.
1. Declutter Your Surroundings
The truth is that one of the main reasons we avoid cleaning out old and unnecessary items is because it is a lot of effort and time-consuming. So we always put it off to deal with it at a later stage. When later comes we find another excuse not to deal with the clutter but if we like it or not the task still needs to be done and that is one of the main reasons why we constantly feel so overwhelmed.
We have this heavy obligation that we put on ourselves to clean up our lives yet we fall short of the task due to our laziness and no matter how many times we convince ourselves otherwise, deep down inside we know the truth and the truth is that we are fundamentally lazy.
So cleaning up your surroundings, your room, your workplace, etc. will give you that positive endorphins that you completed a task that resulted in long-term gratification and not short-term gratification like social media or junk food, etc.
2. Get into a routine
Starting a healthy routine will help you to set your focus on the tasks that most require your creative attention. Getting rid of unnecessary decisions will help you in becoming more focused and mentally powerful.
"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine." ~ John C. Maxwell
Start your routine by having a consistent sleep schedule, getting between 7-8 Hours is very important for your mind to regenerate the chemicals needed to perform optimally the next day.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a technique in which one focuses one's full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them. (Source)
"To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
Meditation is a tool to silencing the noise, we sometimes think of meditation as this symbolic eastern spiritual practice rather than a basic human practice of mental health.
How to Meditate
Sit or lie comfortably, either on a yoga mat or a comfortable surface.
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing
Make no effort to control the breath just breathe naturally.
Try to avoid falling into your thoughts, rather see your thoughts as clouds and let them pass without holding on to them.
4. Spend Less Time On Social Media
When you see the amount of time we spend on our phones you will be shocked. The average person spends 3 hours and 43 minutes a day on their phone. That is a total of 55.75 days a year, which is more than a month spent on your phone. Then we complain that we don't have enough time to do the things we want to achieve.
Just to make it clear being on social media is not a bad thing, it is just healthy for you to set some restrictions and dedicate time off your phone for example after 6pm. Maybe even taking a detox from social media for a week or two could really be beneficial.